When The Stars Disappear

When The Stars Disappear

Probing human suffering and applying truth to life’s most crucial questions.

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March 24, 2022 3 min

Welcome to the podcast "When The Stars Disappear" hosted by Dr. Mark Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College in Illinois.

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Mark tells the story of his paralyzing accident, his sense of God's love that immediately followed it, and its subsequent blessings in his life.

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While we should expect to suffer in this life, we can find hope in the fact that God will always bring good out of our suffering.

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May 5, 2022 23 min

The psalmists provide us with breathing lessons for exhaling our pain and grief to God and then inhaling his promises as well as remembering what he has done for us in the past.

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The stories of Naomi and Job show us that while suffering can make us think that life will never again be good, God may restore us. And even if, as with Jeremiah, God doesn’t restore us in this life, he can help us to persevere. No matter what we understand, God is always working in and through every circumstance.

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After Mark offers some advice on the sort of help we need to understand Scripture, John and Mark address the question: Given the suffering in our world, how should we live in order to shine a light on the truth of the Christian story?

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June 16, 2022 21 min

Mark and John wrap up their discussion of When the Stars Disappear, Mark's first volume in his Suffering and the Christian Life series, by reflecting on what the Christian story offers us and then recounting its four parts. Mark summarizes the purpose of his first volume as clarifying that, no matter how deep anyone's suffering is, Scripture records instances of suffering that are at least as deep, which is a sign for Chris...

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In this episode, John and Mark recap the main lesson from When the Stars Disappear—that it is only those who endure to the end through all persecution and affliction who will be saved (see Matthew 10:22; 2 Corithians 1:6).

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Paul Winters and Mark open their discussion of Mark's second volume, Give Me Understanding that I May Live, by exploring why we must understand the first chapter of Genesis if we are to live the lives for which God made us and to which he calls us.

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Paul and Mark discuss how the expansion of Genesis 1's account of the creation of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:4-25 enables us to understand more deeply who God has created us to be.

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August 18, 2022 30 min

Paul and Mark explore the remarkable implications of the Genesis 2 account of Adam and Eve.

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September 1, 2022 32 min

Paul and Mark begin to explore the prohibition that God gave to Adam in Genesis 2:17—namely, “you must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.” Why did God issue a command prohibiting our first parents from eating from one specific tree in the garden of Eden? And why would their disobedience result in their deaths?

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September 15, 2022 30 min

Paul and Mark discuss how prohibitions add an important element to human life: they help us recognize what we must never do and they enable us to express our unqualified resolution to live lives of complete and exclusive commitment to another person.

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